SAN ANTONIA – Mark your calendar. The 10th annual San Antonio Book Festival will take place on May 21. The event will be attended by 90 authors with whom you will be able to meet and talk.

One such author is Susan Allman, a local nurse from Southtown.

Olman recently published her first book, Shadow Migration.

The book is an autobiographical look at Allman’s journey when she struggles to find herself.

“If you want to go with me on this adventure, there will be a bottom… let’s see,” Allman said.

And to find, she admitted, was not easy. Allman was adopted when she was young, and it took her years to research her biological family.

“I eventually found out that my biological father had died of alcoholism,” she said.

Susan Ollman, an author and nurse from San Antonio, introduces a dog to a horse on a farm in Nebraska. Contributed by: Susan Allman (Copyright 2022, KSAT – All rights reserved.)

At its core, the book is about exploring the past to understand where you are going.

“This is a search for my people, my tribe, my lost tribe. I think it’s another human element that we can all identify, ”Allman said.


Allman takes the reader on a quest that led her to New York, the Midwest, and finally to San Antonio. She hopes that “Shadow Migration” will help people heal.

“Take me on a journey through this book and come talk to me about it, because the load for everyone should be a little easier … that was my whole goal,” Olman said.

The Book Festival is a free family event that will take place on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and the Southwestern School of the Arts in downtown San Antonio.

This year, more than 90 local, regional and national authors are scheduled to attend, including: Julia Glass, Sandra Cisneras, Jericho Brown, Marga Jefferson, Natalie Diaz and Emma Straub.

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